Society for the Preservation of Hebrew Books
Project: Rare works collection (Friedberg/Ryzman)
Primary media: Bound books
Volume: Approximately 1M images
A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, Hebrewbooks.org was founded in order to preserve old Hebrew books and related scholarship that are out of print and/or circulation. Since 2006, Crowley Imaging has scanned more than 11,000 volumes of rare and out-of-print works which were in danger of being lost, destroyed or which were simply disintegrating due to the passage of time. The collection began with 2,000 works of American rabbis of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Recent additions have expanded the scope of the collection to include the broad range of Jewish tradition, law and custom, including commentaries, legal analysis and rabbinic journals published in Hebrew, English and Yiddish by Jewish scholars all over the world.
Each of the 11,000 books can be viewed as a Portable Document File (PDF), ensuring that the books are preserved and available in their original state. The volumes are now fully searchable (search services provided by a partner firm).